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Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 09-12-2004

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176
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780
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
24.14%
 
 
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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage consumed in late 2016, so this beer has a year of age on it. It also comes in a slim 8.4 ounce can, so thank goodness for a portioned serving size for this 11.5% ABV monster. On to the beer:

This beer has a muddy look and an orangish-brown color, topped with a light soapy head above. The aroma explodes on you; big on the toffee and big on the grapefruit, with a few trickles of booze running through. Despite its age, the hops still show plenty of life. Orange and grapefruit and among the biggest flavors around, with an all around citrus aura. The base of pleasing sweet toffee keeps the beer in check and onto the pathway of American Barleywine, as does the present booze. With its full body and full flavor, Lower de Boom is a beer best sipped with a small plate of snacks on the side.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Brewery "Lower De Boom"
8.4 fl. oz. can, "Canned on: 12/17/15" and sampled on 10/10/16

"Lower De Boom" pours a clear deep copper (almost mahogany) body with orange highlights beneath a short head of white foam that drops readily to a creamy collar. Lacing is slightly better than average.

The aroma is floral and fruity (citrus, ripe red fruit, some dark skinned fruit) over a gently caramelish and bready malt base.

The flavor is wider than the nose suggests, adding notes of dark fruit, pine, subtle sweet red berries, and a little bit of toastiness to the malt. Of course there's alcohol as well, but it doesn't step too far forward; and along with solid bitterness (probably close to 90 IBUs) it helps to bring it to a dry finish.

In the mouth it's medium with a dextrinous edge that leans it towards medium-full but doesn't quite get there, and it's livened by a gently tingling, moderate carbonation.

Overall it's fairly impressive, and well balanced, but in the end the 11.5% ABV cuts into its drinkability just as it cuts through its maltiness. My sample is also almost a year old, so I'm guessing that the hops have diminished a bit, although I feel if they were a little bit brighter that would only help, and certainly not hinder. Worth trying.

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Photo of LAp
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressed by this one. The four pack of small cans is a neat idea, and one that suits barleywines particularly well. This had a strong balance of sweet malt and dark fruit, dates, and figs, without being overly saccharine. A strong brew from a brewery that I've not been blown away by historically.

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Photo of hman43
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: It pours a caramel cloudy color with a large tan head.

Smell: There are aromas of molasses, citrus, plums, grains, figs, and alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the molasses and alcohol with the citrus, plums, grains, and figs in the background.

Feel: It has a full body with a slightly hot alcohol feel to it with strong bitterness.

Overall, this is a strong alcohol beer that finishes a bit hot with a good combination of citrus and dark fruits combined with molasses and grains.

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Photo of jopezu
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy dark mahogany with almost zero head. nose; sweet malt, pine, citrus hops, oak, & toffee. taste; heavy caramel malt, piney hops (centennial?), grapefruit rind, & ethanol. ethanol seems to build on the finish, to the exclusion of the other flavors. low carbonation & medium, oily mouthfeel. pretty non-complex for a big barleywine. quickly breaks down into ethanol & pine solvent. the nose is much better than the taste here.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250 ml can into tulip glass, canned on 12/17/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish/orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, citrus peel, raisin, plum, fig, leather, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, citrus peel, raisin, plum, fig, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, leather, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American Barleywine. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zac16125
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8.4oz can (for realz) into a snifter
Canned on: 12/17/15


A: Pours a translucent dark amber/ruby with close to 2 fingers width of dense appearing slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing. Beautiful beer. 4.75

S: Aroma is sweet malts, more subtle piney and citrus hops, and some booze. Pretty significant candied sugar and toffee. Some green apple notes. Really nice aroma. 4.25

T: Taste is similar to the nose, but not as strong as I anticipated. Candied sugar and caramel/toffee up front, some subtle booze, hoppy bitterness on the finish. Booze grows throughout the drink, to become pretty prominent and detracts somewhat from the other characters. 4

M/D: Full bodied but not think, carbonation on the lower end but its not flat, ABV is certainly noticeable and is a bit strong, but its not hot going down. Drinkability is pretty good. 3.75

O: Good American Barleywine here. Perhaps a bit boozy, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I would certainly drink again. 4

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Photo of Bierman9
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I guess this has been around for a while but I just saw it in NH today for the first time. Got two 8.4oz cans at The Beer Store at $3.50 each. Going for one as a nightcap.

Half-filled a small tulip. It's a clear, deep mahogany and chestnut colored beer. Head is minimal, basically a few fine, beige bubbles near the rim. Lacing is also on the very light side. Smells of rich caramel and rindy citrus. It is very smooth, and a touch chewy, and almost syrupy.

Like the aroma, the flavor has some strong caramel malts along with hints of toffee and vanilla. Though there are still some strong resiny, piney notes, the bitterness has faded somewhat since it was canned on 17DEC15. The maltyness stands out now, making it more akin to an English style barleywine, like Victory Old Ho.... Still, I like it. Prosit!

4.24/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.4 fl oz. can, canned on 12/17/15 printed on the bottom of the can. Finally cracking into this 4 pack from 21st Amendment Brewery. "American-Style Barleywine Ale Packed With Citrusy Hops".

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Firstly, let me start by saying that the format behind this thing is amazing; everything from the box packaging, the truly amazing and unique artwork, and the unique serving can, this thing is truly a work of art. It pours a thick dark syrupy golden orange, nice and hazed with some light flecks of sediment, with about a quarter inch of white foam head that settles as a ring.

S - Huge aroma of sweetened caramel malts, vanilla, toffee, oak wood, some minor syrupy alcohol fumes. An absolutely mouthwatering aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: huge sweetened malts, oak, wood, vanilla, toffee, caramel, cream, marshmallow fluff. Hugely flavorful and complex.

Overall, this can was aged about six months, so not exactly "citrusy" but definitely a hugely unique and delicious barleywine in an awesome format. Amazing stuff, glad i was able to score the 4pk of this. Not sure why this stuff is so poorly rated here on this site.

21st Amendment Lower De Boom Barleywine -----4.5/5

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. The appearance is a cloudy dark amber with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is malt with some vanilla. The taste is a thick sweet malt that quickly warms you from the alcohol.

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Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dirty copper color. Appears clear. Modest head that leaves a couple of streaks and spots on the glass.

Strong, sweet caramel aroma. Creamy, nutty and toasted notes come through.

At 92 IBUs, one might expect some strong bitterness, but at this level, there's just enough to give a bit of counterpoint to the strong, oily malt base. The malt is borderline chocolate in terms of the darkness, but it remains a solidly caramelized beer. Lots of alcohol warmth and very sweet. The swallow brings up the bitterness, thank God, otherwise this beer would have too much sugar bite. There's enough carbonation to keep the rich body from becoming syrupy. A good entry into this style.

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Photo of DovGibor
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12/17/15 can into snifter. Color is medium-dark amber with light carbonation and a bit of haze. Aroma is tangerine citrus upfront and light sweet malt blended in the back. Unique and enjoyable aroma, but a bit one note for a barleywine.

Taste is rich malt with a solid hop-bitterness balance. There are caramel notes without any sweetness. Lemon and mild citrus notes, but the dry, bitter finish dominates. Mouthfeel is rich but not as thick as some barleywines. The carbonation is light on the palate but noticeable.

I really enjoy barleywines, and I think this is an excellent choice given it's size and price. Does it exemplify the style? Not quite, but it's damn good and comes in a really enjoyable 8.4 oz can. I'm honestly giving it some credit for that fact alone.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 250-ml can (8.4 oz.)
Glass: Clear tumbler glass
From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.79
Purchased: Feb. 26, 2016
Consumed: March 12, 2016
Misc.: Canned on Dec. 17, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. PT

Not a huge fan of American Barleywines, so not expecting much from this. Kind of perplexed by the tiny cans, which I’ve seen recently in four-packs. Thinking a 22-oz. bomber would be better (and maybe more affordable).

Poured an auburn, amber, clear color with 1-2 fingers of off-white, fizzy head. Some bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Minima retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled toffee, caramel, Citra hops, brown sugar (kind of like Brown Shugga’), apple, slight hints of cinnamon and oak. Not smelling like 11.5 pct. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste pretty much followed the nose. Getting sugary caramel, toffee, toasted brown sugar, oak, Citra zest, woody pine, light grapefruit, hints of vanilla, bitter citrus rind and red apple. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozy, somewhat oaky finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was pretty good for the style and definitely better than I thought it was going to be. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.91 | 88 | B+

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tiny can from 7 eleven in Kittery.
Pours a deep copper color with a decent sized off white head that persists. Big fruity caramel notes with a bit of alcohol presence. Strong tropical especially pineapple notes with lots of resinous pine hops. Sweet almost sticky mouth. Light carbonation. Decent brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had that amber and auburn color scheme going for it, thin off white head 1/6". Funny it comes in an energy drink like can. Aroma of heavy caramel malt and alcohol. Hops take a back seat.

Taste did drop hop on ya, lots of bitterness and alcohol. Brown sugar, roasted not burnt malt, booze, bitterness, toffee, dark citrus, dark fruit, a sweetness not unlike harsh rum. For all the flavors, not overly thick or harsh.

Good stuff, nothing groundbreaking.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/17/2015. The beer has a nice burnt amber, reddish-orange color with a half a finger of light khaki head that disappears quickly. Good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the snifter. The smell is full of sweet caramel and hops. Caramelized brown sugar, toffee, raisins, plums, rum sweetness, candied citrus and tropical fruit, molasses, a rye spiciness. The body is a medium-full, syrupy consistency that is not too overbearingly sweet. In the flavor, I get heavy dark fruit, dark caramel, spicy pine hoppiness, burnt citrus, toasted oak, figs, and slight vanilla. Healthy amount of carbonation makes this one feel crisp and relatively easy drinking for a 11.5% barleywine

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Photo of SawDog505
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter canned on 12/17/15. Pours an attractive almost red, with a 2 inch white head that leaves behind a little lace.

Smell is apricot, brandy, fig, vanilla, oak, burnt toffee, caramel, and alcohol.

Taste follows apricot immediately, brandy, fig, toffee, vanilla, caramel, and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, moderate carbonation, on the dry side, and a sipper even though it goes down fairly easy.

Overall this is a great Barleywine, that drinks easier than it should, but also a very complex and aggressive beer.

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Photo of droomyster
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The skinny 8.4 oz can pours a dark brown body with a small tan head with poor retention. The potent abv comes through on the nose, carrying with it the promise of humungously strong and big taste to come. Aromas of dates and figs, molasses, with and holiday spices. Chewy flavors of toffee, brown sugar, tootsie-roll and molasses dominate the front and mid-palate before an oily textured citrusy hop floods the finish. Tastes great! I'll have another please!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz can. Pours clean deep orange amber, finger off white head fades quickly to a lasting ring, soapy lacing. Sweet bready malt aroma, dark fruit. Malty sweet aste with fruity hops, some citrus, kinda overtaken mid sip by alcohol burn. Finishes dry and bitter. Mouthfeel a little thin. Not bad but was expecting a little more from this BW.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/19/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, some fruit, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. There’s an alcohol bite in the taste but does not burn like you find in some other high ABV beers. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(8.4 oz can, canned on 12/17/15 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, somewhat burgundy colored liquid... very little foam on the pour, and it leaves only a very meager, thin collar... head is appreciated, and this looks rather flat and unappealing due to its absence - its brilliant jewel glow is nice, but little consolation - it just looks industrially processed

S: smells nice!... maybe some floral embellishments via hops, but not very 'hoppy' at all... has a rather familiar set of aromas (for an Amer. example): brown sugar, sweet citrus marmalade, underlying brown bread crust... not much of a boozy scent - pretty impressive for 11.5%... overall intensity moderate

T: very clean, rich crystal-ed malt, citrus rind-y hop resins... the booze becomes well apparent in the finish and aftertaste, almost has a mellow peppery hum combined with the soft neon glow of hop bitterness... bit of tobacco lingering...

F: very little residual slickness... quite a taut medium body, on the lighter side in the finish, but certainly sporting a dense oily texture... one of the more 'wine'-like mouthfeels for the style

O: not at that bad, though nothing particularly memorable about its taste... but its execution is fantastic, if this is in fact 11.5%, which I'm skeptical of (drank on empty stomach, and I don't feel that much more sedated than I did yesterday when I drank a 5% pale ale)... it's servicable, but it doesn't warrant the price tag

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 02/05/2013
Look is murky rich orange amber. Thin whispy head with no lacing.
Smell is bread soaked in stone fruit juice. Peaches, plums.
Taste is slightly boozy, hops haven't faded much over time. None of the stone fruit that tantalized my nose. Metallic tinge.
Feel is very astringent. Light on the carbonation.
Overall, I have to wonder how this beer would benefit from being in a bottle, especially when it come to aging. Otherwise, it's a decent barleywine.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 8.4 oz. can into snifter. It pours a pretty orange-amber with a thin, ecru colored head and minimal lacing. It smells of malt, caramel, brown sugar, hops, and a whiff of grapefruit. It is very boozy. The caramel is fairly subdued and the taste overall is quite bitter and hoppy. There is a strong alcohol burn and it feels heavier than the 11.5% ABV. It is medium in body and moderate in carbonation but the alcohol burn makes a hard to drink. Don't get me wrong: I enjoy high ABV beers and I really like a good barleywine but in this one the tastes are overwhelmed by the alcohol burn. I don't think I'll be drinking this one again.

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Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter.

L: Pours a clear medium amber color. 1 finger of off-white head falls rapidly. Attractive lacing.

S: Caramel and malts intermingled with resinous hops and booze.

T/F: Caramel malts up front... brown sugar and faint notes of raisin. Gives way to an almost tart citrusy hop character. Boozy... warming... sticky on the palate. Finishes somewhat drier than expected.

O: An average to slightly above average American style barleywine. A bit harsh and boozy, and a year or two in the cellar may benefit this one. Doesn't come close to my 2 favorite California barleywines... Stone's 'Old Guardian' or Lagunitas' 'Gnarly Wine'. Also not a fan of the 8.5 oz can pour. Who wants 2/3 of a beer?

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Photo of Moose90
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage with a Canned on: 12/17/15 17:17

A — Pours a red tinged coppery amber hue into the glass, a light creamy off white colored head forms and leaves behind some subtly rings of sticky lacing with each sip. Nice.

S — Smell is hoppy, juicy even, piney, resinous, sappy, bitter, caramel, maple syrup.

T — Taste is piney, juicy hop nectar, caramel and vanilla, maple, orange peel, ginger, lemon and citrus, piney and resinous hop assault.

M — Bold and rich, smooth, mellow, very light boozy note on the finish.

O — Very good overall, a piney, resinous hop forward barleywine with little residual sweetness.

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